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A place of worship was bombed this morning.

A blast caused by what the FBI called “an improvised explosive device” rocked a Bloomington Islamic center before dawn Saturday, just as a small group of Muslim worshipers had gathered for the day’s first round of prayers.

No one was hurt in the explosion, which heavily damaged an imam’s office at the Dar Al Farooq Center and sent smoke wafting through the large building. Windows in the office were shattered, either by the blast or by an object thrown through them.

I predict when caught the suspect – if white – will be a mentally disturbed lone wolf who acted on his own, and probably a liberal false flagger to boot.

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  • Joanne

    Will the President of the Republican Base of America be addressing the incident?

    • Hogan

      Oh dear God I hope not.

      • Thirtyish

        Indeed. No good can possibly come out of that disgusting orange yap on this topic. Or any topic.

    • What part of the word “Islamic” did you not understand.

      • Miksa

        In its latest release of CIA documents, Wikileaks has revealed that the IRA, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and Timothy McVeigh were all secret Muslims.

    • McAllen

      One of bad things about Trump is how it’s made people look back on George W. Bush with rose-tinted glasses, and I hate to play into that, but Bush would at least have the right words to say to this.

      • DocAmazing

        No. No he wouldn’t. The best he’d say is that American Muslims are, by and large, law-abiding, taxpaying people.

        Let’s not give way to the kind of low-expectations folly that congratulates Joe Scarborough for Standing Up To Trump or sees in Megyn Kelly a victim.

        • Chet Murthy

          DocA, in a way I agree with you, and I’ll bring up the other example that’s been in the news of late: McMaverick’s defense of Obama as “a decent family man, a citizen” in response to “he’s an Arab”, etc. As others have pointed out elsewhere, that was faint praise on McMaverick’s part.

          And so, as you say, it’s a fricken’ PITA that we have to point at McMaverick and say “oh gee, what a good deed he did “.

          We are reduced to the soft bigotry of low expectations, when it comes to these fucking Rethuglicans.

          • CP

            As others have pointed out elsewhere, that was faint praise on McMaverick’s part.

            Yes. Yes, it was. As one of my then-favorite bloggers pointed out: “Is Obama an Arab, or is he a decent family man? Opinion is divided. The idea that one can be both is still a little radical for many Americans.”

            As much as I loathe Colin Powell, he did, at least, say the right thing on this issue.

        • econoclast

          Yes he would have. Right-wingers are still pissed that Bush called Islam a “religion of peace”, though in their minds they probably now think it was Obama who said it. Bush sucked as a President, but if Trump had been President on 9/11, we would have had out-of-control anti-Muslim pogroms by Christmas.

          • Thlayli

            IME they believe it’s a central tenet of liberalism. Any time an attack happens, they give the “religion of peace, huh?” like it’s a major burn and we’re embarrassed.

          • BigHank53

            anti-Muslim pogroms by Christmas

            You misspelled “Thursday”.

        • mattmcirvin

          He would have said something very nice and tolerant and deplored the attack, while tactfully ignoring that most of his fans were cheering the bomber.

      • CP

        The right words, but nothing to back them up.

        There was a good article about why Muslims left the GOP between 2000 and 2004, and one of the main points it made was that while American Muslims were relieved with things like Bush’s speech at the Islamic Center in DC the week of 9/11 and the repeated and frequent reassurances that “we are not at war with Islam,” they also noticed the huge spike in racial profiling and suspension of civil liberties and the like targeted specifically at their communities by the security state.

    • Beer Hunter

      Hey, give the guy a break. Let him enjoy his vacation. Don’t harsh his mellow

    • hellslittlestangel

      “This proves I was right to call for a total and complete shutdown … ” … etc.

      • tsam100

        Perfect. This is almost certainly what these fucks will say

    • tsam100

      It’ll go something like: don’t be Islams and you won’t get bombed.

    • drdick52

      That cannot possibly end well.

  • efgoldman

    I predict when caught the suspect – if white – will be a mentally disturbed lone wolf

    I predict you’re right, unless he (it’s always a “he”) wants to shoot it out with the cops.

    • Thirtyish

      I think that, if that’s the case, he’ll just be seen as exercising his 1A rights and right to self-defense. He might even be celebrated for taking a stand against government forces that are trying to protect creeping Sharia.

    • busker type

      If the suspect is a disgruntled member of the congregation, this is definitely a sign of creeping sharia, rapefugees, and probably George Soros.

    • drdick52

      Of course she is. Only brown or black skinned people, preferably furriners and Mooslims, can be Terrrrrists.

  • N__B

    I'm not terrorized so it's not terrorism.

  • Terok Nor

    Clearly, they have no right to complain unless every single member of the congregation has condemned every act of terrorism ever committed by any Muslim in the exact words we tell them to use.

    • rm

      And if they already have and we didn’t notice, it doesn’t count.

      • Terok Nor

        And if we did notice, all we have to do is yell “Taqiyya!” and it still doesn’t count.

        • mattmcirvin

          Muslims are so sneaky that they make all assertions about them unfalsifiable!

    • BearWithPreExistingVotes

      I can’t wait to tell every conservative I know that it’s their responsibility to decry this act of terrorism committed by (likely) an individual conservative. Should be better than sex.

  • gmoot

    I do appreciate the overwhelming show of sympathy and solidarity by the neighbor, at least as reported. “What the hell! The noise disturbed my repose**. That shouldn’t happen to me.” (Paraphrased)

    **I live in a community where the noise ordinance does not specify a decibel level or time of day, but prohibits noise that “disturbs the repose” of neighbors.

    • carolannie

      So I guess, if caught, the perpetrator will be charged with disturbing the repose of the neighborhood, not terrorism. Unless the neighbors were terrified, which apparently they weren’t.

    • D Sidhe

      Obviously, the problem is allowing Muslims to have churches or whatever in decent neighborhoods. (Pretend sarcasm tags here)

      I was really hoping it would turn out to be a gas leak. That’s what I’ve got left for optimism six months into this. “I hope this isn’t an example of my countrymen being complete monsters.”

    • stepped pyramids

      I think that’s uncharitable. For one thing, we don’t know that this is the entirety of what this person said to the interviewer. What he said was this:

      “It woke us up instead of my alarm,” he said. “It was loud; it was kind of like a firework-car crash-gunshot. It kind of shook me — like, you could feel it. I thought maybe somebody drove through our house or something. … I felt it on my insides.”

      Miller added, “I have a daughter that usually lives with me, and to wake up to all this, it’s like, what the hell, this shouldn’t be happening right at our doorstep.”

      • gmoot

        I did write “at least as reported,” which I thought was a fairly clear signal that I recognize the fallibility of journalists, either through omission or misquote.

        Maybe I wasn’t being charitable enough, but Mr. Miller makes no mention of the Muslim worshipers, and “right at our doorstep” is part of a sentence that implies “our” = “my and my daughter’s,” not “our” in a more inclusive sense.

        OK, way too much analysis of the Bloomington Star Tribune. As you were.

        • stepped pyramids

          Sorry, I’m a little sensitive to this kind of thing because I actually had a friend of the family misleadingly quoted in an article like this. They were interviewed for 20 minutes or so and the quote was along the lines of “this is a really difficult situation for the neighborhood”, which seemed kind of callous out of context.

        • Warren Terra

          I think you’re reading this uncharitably. He’s expressing shock that a violent attack occurred in near proximity to his home, and he’s still imagining his own daughter getting hurt in it. None of this is abnormal, nor does it mean he lacks sympathy for the people the attack targeted.

  • The suspect probably suffered from economic anxiety.

    • cpinva

      rats! should have read farther down first.

  • King Goat

    “Saturday, just as a small group of Muslim worshipers had gathered for the day’s first round of prayers.”

    Pfft, this gives it away as Fake News. Everyone knows it’s on Sunday that people gather for worship!

  • The Wet One

    Yikes!

  • MikeFurlan

    I think the way this news works for the vast majority of our Republican voting citizens is they see that violence is associated with Muslims, therefore Muslims should be removed from the country to eliminate violence. It is for the good of everyone.

    • CP

      I have had that exact argument made to me on this very blog less than a year ago. It was more wordy, more flowery, and much more condescending than I’m about to make it, but the argument was that since Muslim immigration stirs up support for fascism, if we really care about preserving democracy and stopping fascism, we have to keep all the Muslims out. (And also that Islam is culturally imperialistic anyway).

      Presumably, if there’d been no Jews in Germany, the original Nazism would never have occurred either.

      • Mike Furlan

        If there had been no Jews in Germany and no Muslims in the US now these types of societies would see a bloodbath between the partisans of Left Twix and Right Twix.

        http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/twix-escalates-rivalry-between-left-and-right-twix-by-giving-each-their-own-packs/

        The anti Muslim violence like the American Heritage of violence against African Americans as little to do with the victims.

      • mattmcirvin

        Ah, the heckler’s veto.

      • mattmcirvin

        Some anti-terrorism experts seem to make sort of a heckler’s-veto argument about terrorism: we need to crack down on it with such ferocity that some constitutional niceties can go by the wayside, not because terrorism is directly a major threat to the average citizen’s life and limb, but because another major attack would result in a popular reaction that would lead to all our freedoms being taken away. No thought to forestalling that reaction by getting people to think more rationally about terrorism–in fact they’re more or less advocating the opposite.

        Another instance is the “bargaining” reaction to electoral loss among, particularly, straight-white-guy liberals: that we need to find some part of the liberal coalition that a lot of voters really hate (gays, or transpeople, or abortion-rights advocates, or immigrants) and throw them under the bus, because the alternative is that Republicans keep winning and we live under fascism. Sacrificing some scapegoat to the monster will surely get us the needed edge.

        • CP

          “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

        • Surely if we ignore women, gays and people of color and pivot instead to disgruntled white heartlanders, victory is ours.

  • BiloSagdiyev

    That Hillary, she gets around.

    • cpinva

      you do know she and Bill had the entire population of Arkansas killed, right before they left town. granted, we’re talking Arkansas, but still…………………………….

  • cpinva

    “I predict when caught the suspect – if white – will be a mentally disturbed lone wolf who acted on his own, and probably a liberal false flagger to boot.”
    you left out suffering from economic anxiety, as they all are.

  • primed primate

    Whatever you do, please don’t read Yahoo comments on this news report.

    • David

      *Any news report.

      Yahoo is one of the worst places to see people comment on anything.

      • Linnaeus

        I like to call Yahoo!’s comment sections the id of the internet. Which is saying something since the internet itself is kind of a collective id.

        • David

          Yahoo comments are one of the places I go to when I feel like I need motivation to pray.

          Pray for a civilization ending asteroid impact. I don’t pray about much else honestly.

      • CP

        I would’ve said IMDb, but they recently closed their message boards, so yeah, I guess Yahoo now.

        • dmsilev

          YouTube.

          • Origami Isopod

            It’s a very close race.

            • Hogan

              At that level of competition, the real honor is just being nominated.

            • Unemployed_Northeastern

              The Disqus board where the Above the Law refugees hang out.

        • joel_hanes

          youtube

      • drdick52

        Especially in the local press outside of of a major metropolitan area.

      • N__B

        How is babby terrorist?

        • joel_hanes

          How is babby terrorist?

          White Republicans are afraid of babby, but have no agency in that.
          Babby made them afraid.

        • Well, the Persian Shi’ites of the time certainly thought Sayyed ʿAli Muhammad Shirāzi was a terrorist.

    • That way lies madness.

      • wjts

        …said Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt, as he closed his browser with a shudder.

    • Technocrat

      If Sartre wrote No Exit today, it would be about three people trading comments on Yahoo.

      • N__B

        And he would have written it as a tweet storm.

  • Your next assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to read and report on How political correctness led to Islamophobia in today’s Boston Globe. (Due to the Globe’s website design misfeaturing, I actually had to click the link to cut the hed so that I could paste it here; but I steadfastly refused to read anything but the shirttail, where I learned that the author is a professor in Singapore.)

    • wjts

      Your next assignment, should you choose to accept it…

      I would prefer not to.

      • cpinva

        Bartleby appreciates the reference.

        • Unemployed_Northeastern

          I approve of this reference.

    • That managed to be worse than my very low expectations. What did I ever do to you?

    • Rugosa

      That article is all over the place but what I took away is that we are too intolerant of intolerance.

    • N__B

      OT, but related…Google is still evil; women can’t be engineers because their long hair gets caught in the keyboard: https://gizmodo.com/exclusive-heres-the-full-10-page-anti-diversity-screed-1797564320

      • Technocrat

        I honestly can’t think of a more well-positioned class than “young white male Google engineer”. 81% of Google’s technical positions are held by men, yet this person clearly feels enough of a sense of injustice to write a 10-page memo.

        I will never understand people.

        • N__B

          To quote a guy I used to drink with, “People are no damned good.”

      • Cheap Wino

        Sterling example of a douchebro so convinced of his intelligence that he’s become blind to his biases. Here’s hoping the smarmy, faux nods to diversity get him embarrassingly slapped by a woman smarter than him.

        • Plus also, his writing is terrible. Clichés and qualifiers patched together in bland, clumsy sentences.

          • Cheap Wino

            He writes like an engineer.

      • N__B

        Aaaand, a great response from an ex-Googler. I particularly love point number 2. https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/so-about-this-googlers-manifesto-1e3773ed1788

  • majeff

    Minnesota nice.

  • Docrailgun

    This community center is less than a mile from my house. We love the Somalis who are most of the people who worship and use the center there. They’re awesome.

    In (possibly) related news, someone tried to light some things up in the cathedral in St. Paul, but I didn’t see that there was a firebomb thrown like at the community center in Bloomington.

    I’m surprised noone has tried to bomb the Mall of America or the giant Ikea also less than a mile away from the community center above – there are always lots of ferr’ners at those places, not to mention it’s a hub for public transit.

    • Real Americans don’t use public transit. (For that matter, Real American’s don’t wear bow ties, but when did that stop George Will?)

      • mattmcirvin

        George Will has been on this kick for literally decades.

        • BiloSagdiyev

          Just like his anti-bluejeans kick. I forget whether the anti-air-conditioning thing was him or his father. Weirdos.

  • As we know, or should know, caucasian christians are prevented by their god from committing acts of terrorism. So since it’s not an act of terrorism, always has to the act of a lone wolf with mental issues.

    • BiloSagdiyev

      1,000 Christian bombers over Cologne, Germany:
      https://goo.gl/images/GxHoiP

      • Hogan

        A very large pack of lone wolves.

      • They were just “de-housing the workforce”.

      • That wasn’t terrorism. That was liberating the Germans.

  • Linnaeus

    I’m visiting with my family at present, and my dad happened to have Meet The Press on the TV just a little while ago. David French from National Review was on the panel and said that from what he’s observed in the urban places in which he has lived, progressives have a real problem with “intolerance”.

    I’ll take the under that a progressive was responsible for this crime.

    • BiloSagdiyev

      I’m sure his experience was very first-hand. They’re intolerant of David French and the dumb noises leaving his mouth-hole.

    • Technocrat

      Higher population density produces different social norms? Say it ain’t so!

    • CP

      “All I said was that Mexicans are rapists and gangsters and Mexican-American judges can’t be trusted to rule fairly on Donald Trump, that Muslims are uniquely prone to terrorism, and that blacks live in a culture of laziness and parental abandonment and should be more grateful to our ancestors for taking them out of Africa. And somebody said that was prejudiced! Clearly, liberals are just intolerant.”

    • diogenes

      Certainly cocked my eyebrow this morning when I heard that. The man is totally shameless, and chucktodd re-re-re-confirms that he is a tool…

  • Sentient AI From The Future

    Obviously driven by economic anxiety.

    ETA: I expect this particular snark to be repeated every time it falls off the first page of disqus results.

  • Ash

    I keep meaning to write an update of this Paul Simon song from the ’60s:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiXgsHaud6E

    A mosque is burning…

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